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Right at the beginning of the story, prior to his physical metamorphosis, Gregor already appears to be alienated in some way. This initial suggestion of alienation surrounds his external environment; his work, social life and to some extent, his family. He reflects over the monotony of his life in terms of his job, a monotony he endures due to the pressure of having to support his family financially. He appears to have no friends or social life to speak of, and his family seem to take his support for granted. Even the duty of caring for his family seems to be something strange to him, as he hardly realizes it when he loses this duty by the end.
After establishing Gregors alienation from his societal environment and duties, we begin to see the process of deeper alienation from his family, his immediate environment, his emotions and his body. When he wakes to find his body changed, he is so disconnected from it he hides away from those closest to him. As his family become aware of the situation, they cease speaking to him altogether, eventually determining that the animal they see before them is not Gregor, “You must just try to get rid of the idea that this is Gregor. The fact that we’ve believed it for so long is the root of all our trouble”, (Kafka part 3). After the metamorphosis Gregor undergoes total alienation from his house and environment. Symbolic of this, Gregor cannot even view his street through the window and hence he slowly becomes a foreigner in his own family and home, without a productive role to play, as his family treat him with neglect and revulsion, as suggested by Kafka (1).
The metamorphosis Gregor undergoes, changes him from an active social being to a useless and non active person within his family and society. More importantly, it represents a physical manifestation of the alienation process he has
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It was in the type of environment that Franz Kafka's seminal short story The Metamorphosis evolved. Published in 1915, The Metamorphosis – or Die Verwandlung in its original German – opens with the bald statement that “One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin” (Kafka, 1).
Diary writing is an important area of literature, as diaries help in expressing the innermost feelings. Through diaries, individuals get to write on events that took place during a certain period of a person, which affected their lives.
Gregor is a hardworking travelling salesperson who has worked for his company for the last fifteen years without reporting a single case of illness. He has to wake up early every day to catch the five o’clock train sometimes not getting enough sleep. The fact that he has to feed his parents, pay their bills, and cover his fathers large debts keeps him on the job that he does not like.
By profession he is a travelling salesman who is to assist the family financially. Gregor represents all human beings who are vulnerable to misfortune. To be precise, the fiction ‘Metamorphosis’ discusses how a person normally reacts to unexpected changes of life situations and how swiftly and unkindly the family and society alter their opinion about an individual overnight.
He foraged for survival, very much how cockroaches or other bugs live their lives. In that way, he was like an insect himself, thinking only of physical and not spiritual needs. Only his young sister seemed to appreciate him; he hated his boss and his job, wanting to "make the big change" (Kafka, 3) when the family debts were paid off.
lienation is not felt by Gregor Samsa only conceptually but physically because of his transformation into a huge insect that is gruesome to the viewers. Gregor Samsa is the character that goes through metamorphosis and eventually receives death at the end.
Gregor Samsa works as
The author of the novel Metamorphosis made the opposite change to the character that can shock the readers specifically with regards to the transformation that happened in the story. The plot seemed to be different from what is expected. At the same